That is one heck of a compact welder. Hope it works out for you and for under 70 bucks that would suit my needs wait i dont need one but want maybe.
I have a very similar model direct from China ~$50 (Banggood.com). Works on 110Vac but works MUCH BETTER on 208-220Vac.If you have never welded before, be patient and PRACTICE! Like shooting a springer accurately it takes a lot of practice.Many tutorials on youtube but my favorites are these from Steve Bleile. I learned a LOT from these videos, but still needed the practice before my welds started to look good ;-)Steve Bleile Arc Welding 1 & 2Using my tiny welder I repaired a broken hinge (1/8"-3/16" wall tube) on a dump-bucket (holds ~700lbs of damp spent brewery mash) and shortened the height of a forklift backrest extension (1/2" thick steel bars). Welding rod was 1/8" 7018 and I used a custom adapter to connect it to a 208Vac 20A circuit.Spent hours grinding off old parts and laying down beads to repair parts on the bucket. Welder never got warm or tripped the breaker.Similar time spent on the backrest extension. Welder was set to MAX current, got a little warm, and breaker tripped one time. Overall the repairs/mods went well and the tiny welder is still working.Looks like yours can handle 220Vac also? If yes then 1/8" rods will work.Most of these little welders have a low Open Circuit output voltage (~30V, like mine) which means they will not work well with 6010-6011 rods. If yours has a high OC output voltage (~60+V) then 6010-6011 series rods may work well.If you don't already have one, get an auto-darkening helmet. All my welds improved dramatically after I put the old flip-down helmet in storage. Many auto-dark helmet options starting ~$20. I have a $25 and a $50 autodark helmets and they both work just fine for SMAW, TIG, and Flux Core Wire welding. They are also good for eye/face protection on big grinding projects.Good Luck & Happy Welding!
So now just weld what you're working on to the bench? Ha!
By the looks of the adapter supplied with it, perhaps they are just using one side of the 220 circuit to supply 110?.... Is there a 110/220 switch on it, or is all you have to do plug in the adapter?.... Bob
It's an inverter welder so it rectifies whatever comes in to high voltage DC. No switch for 110/220 needed. It then converts that DC to high frequency AC, reduces the voltage (and increases current) through a small high frequency transformer and rectifies one more time through hf diodes to finally get DC welding current. Freaky little welder is half the size of a toaster and weighs 4 lbs. Many of them can make beautiful welds after some tutoring and practice.I still like my 250lb AC buzzbox, but that stays in one place and I bring the parts to the welder. When I need to bring a welder to the parts those little inverter boxes are awesome :-)The internal control chip tries to weld per your dial setting. On 110v it may want to draw 40 amps but no normal household here in the US has a 40A 110v outlet. Welder will work on 110v but will only do light welds.When on 220v welder will only need 20A to run at it's full power. Pretty much every 220v circuit I've ever seen is at least 30A rated here in the US so these welders should run close to spec without popping breakers on 220v.
If you are looking for steel to weld check your local area for an industrial steel supplier. I have one a couple miles from here that does basic cutting, trimming, hole-punching for customers. That means they generate a LOT of cutoffs and shorts as well as a some nice laser cut shapes. They allow walk-in customers into the leftovers WAREHOUSE to buy anything they want for $1/lb mild steel, $2/lb tool steel, $3/lb stainless. They also have aluminum shorts but none of my welders do aluminum. They do want you to buy 20lb minimum but that is EASY to do when buying steel.I got several 3/16"-1/4" plates ~14"x8" which I welded together to make a pellet trap. Material for the trap was just under $20. Have several other pieces set aside to make another spring compressor but I'm working that one out on paper first.Another option is trash day garbage picking. I never drove around specifically to pick but found a LOT of good steel simply driving back and forth to work. All the steel people throw away that you never noticed before starts to GLOW BRIGHTLY once you start welding as a hobby :-)I've picked up six 1.5" angle steel bed frames, dozens of feet of steel plumbing pipe, and many other steel scraps left on curbs for garbage day. The angle made a nice home brewery stand for a friend and I still have a bunch left. The water supply pipes are usually rusty on the inside and may have pinhole leaks... the reason they were scrapped. However, those pipes are still plenty strong enough for many other projects. Worst case the pipes are good for welding practice. Around here you can take your trash steel to a scrap recycler for ~$0.20/lb. Not much, but sometimes worth the trip.Best wishes on your welding projects :-)